Ultimate Pillow Buying Guide

Pillow

Are you like me who spends most of the night fluffing up pillows, flipping them to find the cooler side, or trying to find the right position? Then maybe it’s time to find a new pillow, one that’s perfect for your sleeping position, heat requirements, and overall fluff level. Don’t worry, we’ll help you. Here’s what you need to know before buying a new pillow to eliminate the tossing and turning and go right back to sleeping.

Sleeping Position

Before we go right into pillow qualities, we first have to identify how you sleep. Sleeping position matters as they require different levels of support.

Sleeping Position

Support Needed

On Back

Support for natural curvature of spine, with adequate support under the head, neck, and shoulders

On Belly

Very stressful on the back, pillow should be very soft to alleviate stress

On Side

Thicker pillow is needed to maintain the straightness of the spine

 

Pillow Fillings

The type of filling is used to stuff the pillow determines the pillow’s firmness. There are two types of fillings typically used, namely: natural and synthetic. Both offer a variety of different levels of stiffness and support. Look through our guide to see what is most suited and most comfortable for you.

Type of Filling

Advantages

Disadvantages

Natural

Soft, comfortable, breathable, supportive

Unsuitable for those with allergies

Synthetic

Light, comfortable, warm, hypoallergenic

Has a tendency to flatten over time

 

 Here’s a breakdown of the different fillings that fall under each type.

 

 

Natural

Synthetic

Filling

Perfect For (Position)

Filling

Perfect For

Down – soft and light, collected from the breast of birds like geese and ducks

Belly

Hollowfiber- super lightweight, efficient in trapping warmth

Belly, Back, Side

Feathers – heavier and cheaper, larger and typically harder

Belly, Side

Microfiber – traps warmth, designed to replicate down

Belly

Combination – combines the qualities of both down and feathers

Back

Memory Foam – responsive pressure relief, conforms to the body’s dimensions

Belly

 

Pillow Sizes and Shapes

Pillows are available in a variety of sizes and shapes not only for support but also for aesthetic purposes. Although some manufacturers may deviate from the norm, here’s a quick breakdown of the common sizes available to help you approximate the size of the pillow.

Standard

19 x 29 in

King Size

36 x 19 in

Body or Bolster

54 x 19 in

V-Shaped

66 x 13 in

Throw (Square-shaped)

18 x 18 to 24 x 24 in

 


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